Focused Conference & Exhibition

Field Automation Summit 2015

November 11-12, 2015 | Marriott City Center Hotel, Denver, CO, USA

Weather the downturn: Operate by exception and eradicate production downtime by unlocking a cost-effective automation strategy.

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The Field Automation Summit 2015 is the only meeting-point for automation, controls, SCADA and engineering leaders to target a cost-effective shale production automation strategy that can bolster profits in the low oil price.

  • Cutting-edge automation strategy tailored for Tier 2 and 3 operators: Understand how to build a scalable automation strategy that is both cost-effective for your business and drives real results in a low oil price environment
  • Paradigm shift in the automation service market: Navigate the shift from product to service in the evolving ‘automation-as-a-service’ environment and Capex to Opex move
  • Raising the bar of ‘operation by exception’: Harness an operate by exception approach that maximizes the value of human capital and improves production uptime
  • Biggest barrier to maximizing value capture from your automation system: Optimize your approach to standardization and streamline controls, program utilization, logic embedded and end-devices to maximize data integration
  • Greenfield to Brownfield Systems, Comms & Infrastructure: Define the support required in isolated field locations by developing and expanding the local area network with suitable power, radio and Ethernet

Operator-led Automation Program

Endorsed by the International Society of Automation, FAS2015 has come at a critical time when shale operators are turning their attention from drilling automation to production automation to maximize efficiencies and regain profit in the downturn. Confirmed operators, include:

Anadarko Samson EOG
Whiting encana Devon-Energy Denbury
Shell Pioneers WPX Energy


Field Automation Summit at a Glance:

  1. Aim: Unite the automation, SCADA, data and engineering community to establish a cost-effective automation strategy to support the ongoing operator efforts for improving efficiency and eradicating downtime in the low oil price environment
  2. Format: 2 day high-level conference with technology showcase hall, focusing on operator automation case studies and interactive panel and breakout sessions to address in-depth standardization, cost and integration challenges
  3. Getting Involved: We have a limited number of 1 or 2 day passes remaining- contact Beth Hughff at for the further information on last chance options to attend!

Get your hands on the complete speaker line-up, agenda and unique market insight pack here

5 Reasons Why Shale Production Automation is at a Crucial Point:

Low oil price, fast production drop-off, constrained capex and a proliferation of isolated wells are behind the operator drive for cost-effective automation. As such, the Field Automation Summit has come at a crutial time:

  1. Shale operators are demanding an entirely new approach to automation and consequently shaking up this long established market. With less formalized automation departments, major capacity challenges and a current squeeze on Capex, operators are searching for an Opex-driven automation approach that allows flexibility in future technology adoption. In light of this, the service provider community are at a crucial ‘reactionary phase’, transitioning from a product orientated to service orientated strategy.
  2. Application of drilling & completions “manufacturing” mind-set to production - as a result of the fast-paced shale developments, the level of automation in production operations is nowhere near the level being adopted during the drilling process. Production operations automation is at risk of being left behind, with major cost implications.
  3. Operating by exception is a major goal for shale operators right now - approaches to automation are disparate from play to play and operator to operator. Some operators have made multi-million dollar investments in SCADA systems, whilst others continue to collect data by hand as they go well to well. Despite the differences, one thing is clear: operators need to prioritize their well sites to target areas of concern - all to reduce production downtime and enhance the value of human capital.
  4. A drive to balance Cost with Controls - naturally, in the current oil price climate, operators are demanding cost-effective automation solutions (hence the developments taking place in point #1 above). They want to apply the minimum amount of automation which will yield the greatest return. Innovations such as full stack solutions and the "cell phone model" approach (i.e. Opex as opposed to Capex cost) will be an integral part to this.
  5. Major Brownfield vs. Greenfield automation challenges - with a high number of acquisitions and divestitures in this market place, adopting legacy assets is inevitable. As a result, overcoming standardization and data integration challenges will be key. Risk of standardization must be addressed, in terms of long term contractor loyalty vs. uptake of emerging technologies. On the other side, at a greenfield level, operators must build infrastructure with automation in mind.

Continue reading about the major drivers here by downloading the in-depth Field Automation Summit brochure pack

Are You Looking to Answer Any of These Major Questions?

  1. What processes can we automate?
  2. How do we do this in a cost-effective way? RTU or PLC?
  3. How can we leverage automation technology to unlock an 'operate by exception' approach?
  4. How do we overcome integration, infrastructure, communication, data and workforce challenges?
  5. What are the risks that are presented with standardization and how do we overcome these?
  6. How do we build automation into infrastructure from the get-go?
  7. What automation approaches can we employ to legacy wells and systems? 
  8. How do we overcome field isolation limitations, impacting comms and infrastructure?
  9. How do we elevate our existing SCADA system to move towards real time data decision-making and predictive analytics?
  10. How do we move from a product-orientated to a service-orientated automation strategy?

See for yourself how the Field Automation Summit expert speakers will tackle these questions head on with case study insight and technical discussions

Look forward to seeing you in Denver!

Bethany Hughff
Bethany Hughff
Project Director
Upstream Intelligence
Int: +44 (0)20 7422 4341
US: +1 800 814 3459 ext 4341
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